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2019

Apple distributes third developer betas of iOS 12.3, tvOS 12.3, watchOS 5.2.1, macOS 10.14.5

Monday April 22, 2019

Apple has reached the third round of developer betas in its current cycle, offering up new builds of iOS 12.3, tvOS 12.3, watchOS 5.2.1, and macOS 10.14.5 up for testing by program participants, as well as a second build for the third-generation Apple TV software version 7.3.

Sony's summer AirPlay 2 and HomeKit televisions include $70,000 8K model

Monday April 22, 2019

Sony has revealed its lineup of smart televisions it will be shipping in the spring and summer, with the range including support for both AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, enabling the televisions to stream content from Apple's device ecosystem and take advantage of the company's smart home framework.

Samsung putting off launch of Galaxy Fold after widely publicized screen failures [u]

Monday April 22, 2019

After cancelling launch events in China, Samsung has confirmed that is has delayed the U.S. Galaxy Fold smartphone debut until further notice, and is promising changes to make the screen stronger.

Tim Cook shares four 'shot on iPhone' images to promote Earth Day

Monday April 22, 2019

Apple CEO Tim Cook has marked Earth Day by highlighting four environmentally-themed photographs as part of the company's ongoing "Shot on iPhone" social media campaign, with all of the images of animals and plant life taken using an iPhone.

Here's where to pick up a 12.9-inch iPad Pro for just $549

Monday April 22, 2019

Amazon-owned Woot is having a flash sale on Apple Certified Refurbished 12.9-inch iPad Pros (Mid 2017), delivering a $250 discount on the tablets with a 1-year Apple warranty.

Apple spends more than $30M per month on Amazon Web Services

Monday April 22, 2019

Apple is one of the biggest customers of Amazon Web Services, it has been revealed, with the iPhone maker allegedly spending in excess of $30 million per month in order to enable services like iCloud to function reliably and at scale via the retailer's network of servers.

Bowers & Wilkins wireless Formation Suite speaker setup supports AirPlay 2

Monday April 22, 2019

Bowers & Wilkins has launched its Formation Suite of wireless audio products, a collection of wireless speakers that offer high performance sound at the same time as simplified synchronization between outputs, as well as support fro Apple's AirPlay 2 protocol.

'iPhone 5G' in late 2020 will drive 200 million sales for Apple, says Ming-Chi Kuo

Monday April 22, 2019

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has thrown his hat into the ring in regards to iPhone 5G predictions, and also suspects that it will be released in the second half of 2020, and it will have a big impact on sales.

Conservation International & Apple have teamed to protect mangrove forests

Monday April 22, 2019

Apple is working with Conservation International to protect and restore a 27,000-acre mangrove forest in Cispata Bay, Colombia, in a bid to preserve a slowly disappearing part of the ecosystem.

Apple has a full-time professional philosopher on staff

Monday April 22, 2019

Philosopher and Apple Distinguished Senior Fellow Joshua Cohen joined the faculty of Apple University in 2011. Despite occasional outside lectures, though, his work is kept confidential, and Apple reportedly refuses permission for him to be interviewed.

Apple loses bid to deny Swatch Australian 'one more thing' trademark

Monday April 22, 2019

Apple has been handed a defeat in court by watch producer Swatch in court for a second time in a month, as the iPhone producer failed to convince the Australian Trade Marks Office that Swatch should be denied a trademark for "One More Thing," a phrase synonymous with Apple events and Steve Jobs.

Apple Pay abruptly dropped by JCPenney, is no longer accepted in store

Monday April 22, 2019

Struggling retail chain JCPenney has intentionally dropped support for Apple Pay in its retail department stores and through its iOS app, for reasons unknown.

Amazon issues even steeper markdowns on Apple's 11-inch iPad Pro, delivering record low prices

Sunday April 21, 2019

The Apple authorized reseller has dropped 2018 iPad Pro prices by an additional $25 to $50, with popular 11-inch iPad Pro models starting at an all-time low of $649.99 (and total discounts of up to $200 off).

Editorial: Could Apple's lock on premium luxury be eclipsed by an era of good-enough gear?

Sunday April 21, 2019

Across decades, Apple has developed its reputation for selling luxurious electronics with both a premium price and elevated expectations. But Apple's attention to detail means it's not often a trailblazer. Could the profits that are currently driving Apple at some point shift to instead support vendors like Samsung and Huawei who offer cheaper access to new tech faster, in a sloppier but "good enough" beta technology form?

Northern California Apple Store thefts restart, $100K in iPhones lifted from Best Buy & more

Sunday April 21, 2019

San Francisco Bay Area Apple Store thefts restart, plus iPhone thefts around the world including one in which the thieves came back to ask for the passcode, and another by a man who had gotten out of jail moments earlier -- all on the Apple Crime Blotter.

'iPhone XI' and 'iPhone XI Max' case manufacturing dummies pop up on Chinese social media

Saturday April 20, 2019

A pair of images of an "iPhone XI" dummy for manufacturing purposes purports to show accurate dimensions of the 2019 iPhone lineup, including a square camera extrusion.

When to use an external microphone or recorder to make your podcasts

Saturday April 20, 2019

You can record your podcast on your iPhone, but what you might not be able to do so easily is make sure that the audio sounds good. Buying a broadcast-quality microphone or a separate audio recorder can bring your podcasting up a level, and there is some hardware that we like.

Lowest prices ever: Apple's quad-core 13" MacBook Pro (512GB) $1,499, 15" MacBook Pro $1,899

Saturday April 20, 2019

Amazon has issued a $500 instant discount on Mid 2018 MacBook Pros, delivering the lowest prices ever. Pick up a 512GB 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for just $1,499 or a 15-inch MacBook Pro for $1,899 while supplies last.

Apple hatched years-long plan to reduce royalty payments to Qualcomm, documents reveal

Friday April 19, 2019

Though in its court battles Apple argued that Qualcomm patents weren't any more valuable than those of companies like Ericsson and Huawei, in private the company praised them -- and was aiming to sue Qualcomm as far back as 2014, according to newly-exposed documents.

How to make the Apple Watch Raise to Speak feature work every time

Friday April 19, 2019

The ability to just raise your wrist and speak to your Apple Watch without the words "Hey, Siri," is brilliant. What was initially a convenience is now increasingly useful, too, and yet it's extraordinarily unreliable. Here's how to make it better -- and why you need it to.